The Dallas Zoo announced Thursday it has added two new cheetah cubs, and marked the event by giving the cubs their very own puppy. The cheetah cubs, named Winspear and Kamau, were born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.. The cheetah cubs are expected to be "important animal ambassadors" for the Dallas Zoo, according to nbcdfw.com on Sept. 6.
The zoo hopes the addition of the cubs will teach the over 900,000 annual visitors about cheetah conservation. Eventually they will be part of the zoo's Animal Adventures outreach program, which informs the public about conservation efforts for the highly-endangered African felines.
Interestingly, the cubs will be raised with an 8-week-old black Labrador puppy named Amani. Zoo officials say the puppy will have a calming influence on the cubs as they adjust to being in a public setting.
Amani means "peace" in Swahili, which is the official language of East Africa where cheetahs still exist in the wild, according to the Dallas Zoo.
At 8-weeks-old, Winspear, the larger of the two male cubs, now weighs more than 8 pounds, while Kamau is just over 6 pounds. When full grown, the cheetahs are expected to stand about 3-feet tall at the shoulder, weighing up to 140 lbs.
The zoo announced you'll be able to see the cheetahs at the Wild Encounters stage. Also next year the zoo will open a cheetah run where these world's fastest mammals can be observed approaching their top speed of 70 mph.
Click here to watch adorable video of the cheetah cubs playing!